Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
In person (Tampa)/$200 per session/Autistic Teens and Adults
During my teenage years, seeking help from therapists and psychiatrists, I often felt invalidated, inadvertently harmed, and unseen. I know firsthand what it feels like to be misunderstood by mental health providers, feel more “broken,” and receive years of treatment that did not help. It wasn’t until later that I discovered I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder common in Autistic individuals. Learning and researching about living in a sensitive, hypermobile body led me to the revelation I was Autistic! We are not “broken” but living in a world that does not support our unique, sensitive bodies and minds.
As a therapist my dedication to supporting individuals on their journeys through gender and sexual identity exploration, and beyond, is deeply personal. My specialization in working with the Autistic community, including those navigating anxiety, trauma, and depression is not just professional; it’s rooted in my own life. From a young age, I was acutely aware of the ways I differed from my peers, from being overwhelmed by sensory inputs to facing challenges in learning new skills and managing fears. These early experiences, marked by a struggle for understanding and acceptance, were the first steps on my path to discovering my own neurodivergence – a journey that has profoundly shaped my approach to therapy. My quest for personal understanding led to a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a revelation that brought clarity to my experiences and fueled my passion for supporting others with similar stories.
This personal connection to autism and the challenges of living in a world not designed for our unique needs drives my commitment to my clients. In my practice, I draw from a rich background in mindfulness, Buddhist philosophies, and shamanism, integrating these elements to support a holistic exploration of self and spirituality. My approach is grounded in the belief that we are not “broken” but simply navigating a world that often fails to accommodate our distinct ways of being. My mission is to create a therapeutic space where neurodivergent folks can feel seen, understood, and supported. Whether it’s improving family communication, navigating crises, or exploring spiritual gifts, my aim is to guide my clients toward embracing their true selves and living authentically in a world that is learning to appreciate diversity in the human experience.
My Education and Work Experience
I have a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. My work experiences include:
- Mental Health Counselor at Discovery Mood and Anxiety: As a neurodivergent-affirming therapist, I supported adults, teens, and families through individual and group therapy in a safe, non-judgmental, and Autism-affirming space.
- Wellness Coach at University of South Florida (USF): Supported teens and college students with Autism and ADHD in transitioning into adulthood and its challenges through coaching and counseling
- Program Educator at Project Return: Facilitated support groups, meditation classes, and mindful movement exercise classes for more than 100 neurodivergent folks at a local community center for people with significant mental illness. My experience here of deep diving into special interests at the computer lab, creating art, and engaging in spontaneous noises or dance was immensely fulfilling.
I also have the following training(s):
- Mindfulness and Meditation at Florida Community of Mindfulness (2016 – 2023):
- Deconstructing the Myth of Self
- Lonjong Teachings
- Mindfulness of Breath and Body
- Wisdom teachings
- First-Year Shamanic Apprenticeship with Anna Oliver (2023-2024):
- Medicine for The Earth
- Healing with Spiritual Light
- Death & Dying